Manitowoc launches EnCORE Partner Programme for high quality rebuilds and its latest Falcon anti-collision system
A whole new raft of customer and product care systems took centre stage for Manitowoc at bauma as the crane manufacturer formally introduced its EnCORE Partner programme to the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) markets and unveiled a new anti-collision system for the group’s Potain tower cranes.
Dominique Leullier, marketing and business development manager at Manitowoc Crane Care EMEA, said the company is focused on delivering improved operator efficiency levels. “Our service network is growing to bring support closer to our customers,” he said.
The EnCORE Partner programme “certifies” Manitowoc dealers to carry out crane rebuild, repair and refurbishment work as quickly and cheaply as possible says the firm. According to Gilberto Ferreira, global general manager of EnCORE, “For many companies one of the biggest obstacles to refurbishing a crane is the cost and time involved in sending the crane off. But by establishing a network of approved dealers to handle the work, and ensuring it is carried out in line with our criteria, we can offer high-quality refurbishments, repairs or rebuilds with a faster turnaround and at a lower cost.”
The first EnCORE dealer partner in EMEA is UN Mobilkraner of Denmark, which is now fully licensed to handle refurbishment work on Grove cranes in Denmark and Sweden. The company’s EnCORE operations also report to the service team at the Manitowoc Crane Care facility in the UK.
In a parallel move to help operators save money, Manitowoc has also introduced a new MC602 anti-collision system for Potain tower cranes, which is simpler to install than previous versions, according to the company. As well as being compatible with both the Top Tracing 1 and Top Tracing 2 systems, the MC602 uses a multi-function display to give the operator access to a variety of information, while the interference zone is automatically displayed. And job site management is made easier with built-in software that records events and highlights potential difficulties.
And, to complement this development, Manitowoc has also developed, in partnership with Trimble, a new generation of Falcon collision avoidance systems. Falcon combines a precision global navigation satellite system (GNSS) with collision avoidance technology to provide real time and highly precise positioning data for multiple cranes working on a construction site.
The product combines a GNSS solution from Trimble with a proven anti-collision system from Manitowoc Cranes. Rugged GNSS sensors are mounted on mobile cranes to measure exact coordinates to determine precisely where each part of the crane is located. In the cab, the Manitowoc Cranes display allows the operator to see, in real-time, any obstacles or other cranes that are in close proximity. If unplanned or dangerous activity is detected, alarms will sound and tower crane operation can even be halted.
“Through our collaboration with Manitowoc Cranes, a lifting industry leader, we have co-developed a solution capable of lifting and delivering materials on congested construction sites," said John Cameron, general manager of Trimble’s Integrated Technologies Division. “Trimble has helped to leverage multiple technologies to provide substantial improvements for the productivity and safety of lifting operations.”
Falcon will, in the future, also be able to work alongside a new telematics offering from Manitowoc Cranes, developed by Telogis. The new CraneSTAR Express system on view at bauma has been designed to give project managers a comprehensive level of visibility into their assets in the field.
The technology works by monitoring and tracking the crane’s operational data to determine how and where a crane is working, how many hours it is in use, and then transmitting that information back to the home office so it can be reported and analysed. “For project managers who can be hundreds of miles away from a jobsite, this new solution will provide a whole new level of visibility into the day-to-day operations of their crane assets,” said Manitowoc.
“Advances in crane control systems make this solution a must-have for all your assets,” said John Alexander, CraneSTAR product director at Manitowoc Cranes. “The ability to automatically monitor and report on activities such as hours of use, fuel usage and idle time, provides asset managers with the up-to-date information they need to drive productivity and effectively plan maintenance tasks.
“Without accurate data,” he added, “cranes can depreciate more quickly through overuse and cause unforeseen delays and work stoppages that are costly to all parties. With the new Global CraneSTAR Express offering, managers receive actionable information in real time just by logging into the system.”